'Badness' Binse fires shots in siege
Police vision has been released by the Supreme Court of the 2012 siege at Christopher Binse's home in Keilor East.PT1M19S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-37fmy 620 349 April 29, 2014
Christopher 'Badness' Binse, who held police at bay for 44 hours in a siege, also stalked a man he suspected had shot former Bandidos enforcer Toby Mitchell, it can now be revealed.
Binse, 45, on Monday pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court to charges related to the siege at his Keilor East home in May 2012, an armed robbery in Laverton two months earlier and of possessing a cache of weapons that year.
The court heard on Monday that a semi-automatic pistol, silencer and laser pointer were found in Binse's Land Rover on January 9, 2012, when it was parked in the vicinity of the home of a man with whom he shared "bad blood".
Christopher Binse in police custody after his two-day siege at Keilor in 2012.
Binse feared the man would attack him, the court heard, and had put a tracking device on the man's car, searched public records for information and hired a private investigator to find him.
The court heard Binse suspected the man ordered an attack on him while he was in prison in 2006, and that he suspected the man had also shot Mitchell, a friend of Binse's, outside a Brunswick gym in November 2011.
A suppression order on Mitchell's name was lifted in court on Tuesday. The man Binse suspected of ordering the 2006 attack and of shooting Mitchell cannot be named.
Christopher Binse. Photo: Anthony Johnson
Mitchell nearly died in the attempt on his life. No charges over the shooting have ever been laid.
The court also on Tuesday released police footage of the siege at Binse's home in Sterling Drive, Keilor East, during which he fired several shots at a special operations group vehicle.
Part of the footage shows Binse wearing a ballistic vest coming out of his house to shoot a remote-controlled police robot, which had taken a mobile phone to Binse.
Former Bandidos bikie gang enforcer Toby Mitchell. Photo: Craig Abraham
Footage also shows tear-gas canisters being fired into the house by police in the lead-up to Binse coming out of the property, police using sirens to unsettle him, and the scene when Binse fired shots out the rear of the house.
Binse emerged from the house about 2.10am on May 23, 2012, and was brought to his knees when shot by police with beanbag pellets, the court has heard previously.
Defence counsel Saul Holt, SC, said Binse was in a "profoundly agitated and profoundly disturbed" state at the time of the siege, was suicidal and using the drug ice.
Mr Holt said Binse requested to be put in touch with his daughter, who was six at the time, because he feared he would not survive the siege.
The request was denied, the court heard.
The court heard Binse's then girlfriend was also in the house, but later told police she never felt she was being held hostage. Mr Holt said the woman was concerned for Binse's welfare and brought him coffee and tea in the periods he wasn't sleeping.
But prosecutor Peter Chadwick, QC, said the woman also told police she feared Binse would snap if she left the house.
The court heard the woman left the house about 7.30pm on May 22, 2012, about six hours before Binse emerged and was arrested. He has been in custody ever since.
Mr Holt conceded the police who were fired upon would have been distressed, but said the special operations group's tactics in driving an armoured vehicle right up to the house were designed to provoke a response from Binse, and to check if he was still alive.
Justice Terry Forrest said police acted with commendable restraint during the siege.
"I understand they did not fire a single real shot," he said.
"They had opportunities to shoot Mr Binse on a number of occasions and elected to use an artificial [beanbag] shot ... and generally reacted not like one would in the 1980s but like it was the 21st century."
Forensic psychologist Pamela Matthews said she had grave concerns Binse would take his life in custody given his long history of incarceration and mental-health problems.
The plea hearing continues.